The Ghana Bar Association has called for a lessening of the current sanctions for not wearing face masks.
In a statement, the association said the current punishments are severe and “may culminate in the imposition of custodial sentences.”
GBA complained that prisons are already congested and “may shortly be teeming with convicts who are unable to pay fines imposed by courts.”
The sanctions for not wearing face masks are contained in a new Executive Instrument (E.I. 164).
People who fail to wear face masks in public risk a prison sentence of four to 10 years or a fine ranging GHS12,000 to GHS60,000, or both.
The association has instead proposed a fine of “not less than ten penalty units and not more than one hundred and fifty penalty units and not more than one month and not more than two years.”
This would mean fines range would be from GHS120 to GHS1,800.
“It is our firm belief that our proposals are sufficiently punitive and will deter people from violating the restrictions imposed by virtue of the law,” the statement concluded.